#Access2USA: Campaign for International Students with Disabilities to Study in the U.S.

International student who is blind standing on top of the Grand Canyon smiling with white cane in his hand.
The #Access2USA campaign may be over, but the extraordinary impact of international alumni with disabilities who have studied at American universities is just about to begin!

#Access2USA Highlights!

"Together, we all came to learn from the American experience and then how to return home and cause change in our various countries."

- Hilda Bih Muluh, Mandela Washington fellow with a disability from Cameroon

The National Clearinghouse on Disability & Exchange (NCDE), a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by MIUSA launched the #Access2USA campaign to increase the participation of international students with disabilities studying in the United States and we have so much to share with you!

Watch!

New videos highlight the experiences of four individuals with disabilities on their opportunity to travel to the U.S. for university study. Watch the videos, and don't forget to like/subscribe to our channel on YouTube.

Listen!

MIUSA launches second season on "Ripple Effects: Travelers with Disabilities Abroad" for the #Access2USA campaign. Start listening to interviews with international students with disabilities about their experience studying in the U.S. Don't forget to leave us a review on iTunes, as that will help more people find the podcast.

Read!

Start reading the recent A World Awaits You (AWAY) journal! This issue of the AWAY, includes stories from students with disabilities, including those who are blind, Deaf, or wheelchair users, and those who have learning disabilities and traumatic brain injury, that have studied in the United States. The students share information about the impact of their program and tips for future students. Let us know if you would like some copies to distribute.

Share!

Many are already liking, sharing and discussing the excellent resources out there. Don't be left out. Keep promoting the campaign on and off your campus and find ways to make sure more international students with disabilities know about access and opportunities at U.S. universities!

Sample Tweets

  • How will you achieve #Access2USA for international student with disabilities? http://ow.ly/Y8o0w
  • For intl students w/ #disabilities, access 2 education & employment starts w/ #Access2USA http://ow.ly/Y8o0w
  • The best part about #Access2USA was ___
  • We promote #Access2USA for intl students w/ disabilities by ___

Sample Facebook Posts

  • When a student with a disability begins studying here in the U.S., sometimes after overcoming a number of challenges, they are a wonderful asset to host campuses. #Access2USA http://ow.ly/Y8o0w
  • Practice saying “yes” to welcoming international students with disabilities to your campus #Access2USA http://ow.ly/Y8o0w
  • According to International Student Barometer and National Survey on Student Engagement, about 4-5% of international students in the United States have a disability and that figure will likely grow. #Access2USA http://ow.ly/Y8o0w
  • "The fact that I am studying in the U.S. makes me happy all the time. I used to long for studying abroad and now here I am, seeing my dreams come true." Samson, a Deaf student from Rwanda, on his #Access2USA story. http://www.miusa.org/resource/story/samson

Resources

Contact our Clearinghouse Team to Learn More!

The National Clearinghouse on Disability & Exchange (NCDE) is a project of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, designed to increase the participation of people with disabilities in international exchange between the United States and other countries, and is supported in its implementation by Mobility International USA (MIUSA).